Navy Lt. Edward P. Balaton, son of James I. and Teri Balaton, Des Plaines, has returned to San Diego after completing a six-month deployment to the western Pacific Ocean and Persian Gulf with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 8 (HS-8) aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz.
Balaton's squadron flies the Navy's SH-60F Seahawk, a multipurpose helicopter capable of conducting search and rescue, anti-submarine warfare and reconnaissance missions. While on deployment in the Persian Gulf, helicopters from HS-8 flew more than 770 missions to enforce the international no-fly zone over southern Iraq. In response to Chinese military exercises near Taiwan, USS Nimitz and HS-8 shifted from the Persian Gulf to the East China Sea, relieving the aircraft carrier USS Independence.
The 1985 graduate of Maine Township High School, Park Ridge, joined the Navy in May 1990.
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Air Force Airman Melanie M. Latta has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Latta is a 1994 graduate of Prospect High School, Mount Prospect. She is the daughter of Cheryl D. and stepdaughter of Jay J. Amend, Mount Prospect.
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Army Reserve Pvt. Nicholas Guadagnozi is one of more than 20,000 U.S. service members involved with Operation Joint Endeavor, a NATO-sponsored effort to secure peace in the former Yugoslavian republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Guadagnozi is normally assigned with the 334th Movement Control Battalion at Fort Sheridan, Highland Park.
He is the son of Valerie H. Frederick, Elk Grove Village, and Robert A. Guadagnozi, Inverness.
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Army Pvt. David A. Neuwirtz has graduated from the armor crewman course at Fort Knox, Radcliff, Ky. The course is designed to teach the crewman to serve as a member of an armor unit in defensive and offensive combat operations. Neuwirtz, a 1995 graduate of Elk Grove High School, is the son of Julienne Sharples, Elk Grove Village, and Steve Neuwirtz, Franklin Park.
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Marine Pvt. Jerry W. Reed, son of Marion E. …